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Dusts of the Mind
  • self-love (kawai)
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Self-love is the standard gloss of kawai かわい, one of the eight forms of dust or wrongful uses of mind identified in the Tenrikyo tradition.

Kawai is explicitly identified as a dust in verse 3:96 of the Ofudesaki. However, depending on context, kawai can merely mean “love,” as in the love God the Parent has for human beings.[1]


There are various explanations of the dust of self-love according to various compilations (toki-wake) written by Tenrikyo followers.

Masaichi Moroi

One of the earliest of these compilations may be Masaichi Moroi’s, which describes self-love follows:

Everyone has love and affection. Yet the state of attachment in which one is captured by love to the point of being blinded by it and the state of being partial, in which one gives one’s affection to someone in particular in a way that is discriminatory to others, come under the dust called “self-love.”[2]

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  1. For examples of kawai meaning “love,” see Ofudesaki 12:88, Ofudesaki 14:34, Ofudesaki 14:52, Ofudesaki 15:69, and Ofudesaki 16:41.
  2. A Glossary of Tenrikyo Terms, p. 79. Original Japanese may be found in 諸井政一 Moroi Masaichi. 『正文遺韻抄』 Seibun iin sho, p. 175.